Amid all the drama and tension of Thursday’s second semi-final, it seems that one jury member didn’t quite give the scores she intended. It has transpired that Swedish jury member and ex-Alcazar singer Linda Hedlund became confused when entering her jury results, and ranked the songs in reverse order.
Instead of placing her top pick at one and working down, she placed it at seventeenth and worked up.
This meant that her favourite song, Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade” for the Netherlands was ranked 17th, while her least favourite tune, PAENDA’s “Limits”, was ranked first.
And this affected the points given by the Swedish jury. As the results stand, the points given in the semi-final were:
- Switzerland – 12 points
- The Netherlands – 10 points
- Austria – 8 points
- Russia – 7 points
- Moldova – 6 points
- Norway – 5 points
- Malta – 4 points
- Lithuania – 3 points
- Denmark – 2 points
- Azerbaijan – 1 point
But if Lina’s song order had been correct and new averages for the Swedish jury calculated, the new scores would been slighty different.
Without applying the EBU’s weighting system, we can guesstimate that Sweden’s results would have looked something like this had Lina voted correctly.
- The Netherlands – 12 points
- Switzerland – 10 points
- Russia – 8 points
- Norway – 7 points
- Moldova – 6 points
- Malta – 5 points
- Denmark – 4 points
- Azerbaijan – 3 points
- Lithuania – 2 points
- Croatia – 1 point
This guesstimate gives the Netherlands a deserved 12 points, while Austria would have missed out on receiving any points from Sweden. Switzerland would have dropped to second in the rankings with Russia, Norway and Malta all rising.
The one point gap between Denmark and Lithuania in the overall semi-final would possibly have widened, with Denmark due an extra two marks while Lithuania would have lost one.
Luckily for Lina, her mistake doesn’t appear to have had any material impact on the results. However, her slip up saved PAENDA some blushes. Without Sweden’s eight points, Austria would have finished last instead of Ireland.
Thankfully, the “Victorious” hitmaker mastered the system in time for the final and submitted her rankings correctly. She awarded top marks to Netherlands and Switzerland, the two countries she inadvertently placed last in the semi.
This is not the first time such an error has occurred. In 2016, Danish juror Hilda Heick made the exact same mistake as Lina. However, she did it for both the semi-final and final.
According to Aftonbladet, Lina has yet to comment.